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5 Symptoms You Should Bring to the Attention of Your Doctor

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We're only human. This means the body occasionally has some hiccups that may last for a couple seconds to a couple of days until it corrects itself without much explanation.

Sometimes the symptoms seem logical or can be tied to a certain event and reason, such as a cough with a cold or diarrhea after undercooked chicken. When these symptoms do not seem to dissipate, alleviate or improve with time, it is time to see a doctor.

1) Shortness of breath

It could be blamed on being out of shape, overweight, on having active asthma, or a cold. However ongoing shortness of breath needs additional evaluation that may include lab work, lung function testing, and/or perhaps imaging. Iron deficiency anemia can cause shortness of breath, as can COPD, a mass in the lungs and heart issues.

2) Diarrhea

Diarrhea can be caused by food poisoning, the flu, or taking too much fiber, magnesium orvitamin C. If the diarrhea continues more than a week without explanation it is time for additional testing.

Diarrhea may be due to celiac disease, ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease, a parasite or yeast, or a food allergy such as dairy. The problem with diarrhea is that it can cause dehydration and result in malabsorption, as nutrients move through the body too quickly.

3) Heart palpitations

Everyone has experienced the tiny flutters in their chest from time to time as the heart skips a beat or beats quickly for a second, then corrects itself. Many notice that their hearts beat more distinctly when they are nervous or anxious.

However, if these abnormal beats become more regular it is time to see the doctor. Heart beat changes may be due to low iron, low thyroid, high stress, and problems with the heart itself.

4) Headaches

These come in all shapes and sizes. Some people experience mild tension, stress, or dehydration headaches while others deal with massive migraines that require medication and a dark room. If your headaches are changing, becoming worse, or if you ever experience the worst pain you have ever felt, get to a doctor for evaluation.

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